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Kingswood Secondary Academy

Somme History Field Trip

On Friday 12th February at 1 a.m. when the rest of Kingswood School were tucked up in their beds and despite the snow and a two hour delay at Dover, Karen Martindale, Mike McGivern, Dave Llewellyn, Alison Whitfield and Hayley Copas accompanied forty-nine Year 10 students to The Somme battlefield as part of their History coursework.

The students visited Beaumont Hamel, Canadian trenches, no man's land, cemeteries and memorials.

Visiting the trenches, cemeteries and memorials to the missing and dead proved to be an emotional and thought provoking experience.

Somme Field Trip

Student Quotes

'The Somme trip was a very good experience. Seeing where everything was was very emotional. The trenches taught us how cramped it must have been and the graveyards were quite depressing when you think of how many people died. The trip was really enjoyable and worth it.' - Katie, Year 10

'The Somme trip was a fantastic experience. Walking through the trenches made us feel like we were back in time in the battle. We went to the graves and it was shocking how many men had died. The trip taught me how horrific The Battle of the Somme was.' - Niamh, Year 10

'The Somme trip was an extremely moving experience. The museums were very interesting and educational. A worthwhile trip.' - Hannah, Year 10

'The Somme trip was very enjoyable and gave a real insight into the horrors that soldiers had to face while fighting The Battle of the Somme.' - Joseph, Year 10